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RATINGS: 1127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Russian Imperial Stout with a hearty malt body and bold hop flavor.
Named after the infamous "Blackout of 2003" that left the northeastern United States in complete darkness, but resulted in old-fashioned neighborhood porch parties and fun.
Available in February & March.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2005
Another wonderful product from Great Lakes. Rich roasted malt flavor and aroma with hints of coffee and caramel...hopped up a little more than one expects. Very well done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2005
pitch black, brownish head. thick, rich, as an impy should be. not real hoppy, but enough presence. very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 Draft, at the Maple Tree Inn. Hmm... another Imperial that just begs to slide down your throat. A dark brown pour with a brown egg-colored head, and a rich malty smell. Has a rich black coffee taste, but no rough edges at all. It sits lightly on the tongue, sweet and mellow, with just enough bitter to make the ride worthwhile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
roder60 (1283) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2005
Pours a thick deep black with a little bit of offwhite head. Aroma is very hoppy and coffeish. Flavor is extremely abrashive and the hops dominates any other type of flavor. I felt like this beer needed to turn it down a bit to give it more balance. i was looking forward to trying this beer but afterwards I felt more than a little jipped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
htsprint1 (51) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2005
Wow. Serious Imperial Stout from one of Americas premier brewers. On tap @ Map Room, Chicago. Dark brown non-transparent with brown head that looks like a premium mousse. Aroma of licorice, malt and alcohol. Flavor puts it near the kings in this category. Chocolate, coffee, hops, alcohol... Much better from tap than bottle IMO. Mmm.....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2005
This was higher quality sout than I expected. Coffee and chocolate and carmel flavors that you could practically chew on. yummers. very dark brown in color with light tan head. impressive. i will have to give more respect to my almost hometown brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Great Lakes modus operandi seems to be creating beers that are well crafted yet straight-forward examples of their style. This works well on the Porter, IPA, and Dortmunder but with an Imperial I like something a little more over-the-top. This bottle poured black with a slight tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma was immediately pleasing and creamy. The taste is roasty with a dryer finish. Itís good but there should just be something else there, alcohol is only present in the warming of the stomach, and I donít get any strong chocolate, toffee, dark fruit etc. notes that a good Impy usually employs. Also the dryness lends to a perception of over carbonation that isnít there. All things considered this fits in right along with the rest of the Great Lakes brews, never overbearing and always made with quality and care. itís hard to fault a brewer for doing those things, and doing them well, but I wanted more of a punch from this beer. You could argue, though, that the Imperial Stout is the hardest of the brew styles to compete in because of all the mind blowing examples that are out there. Speedway, Expedition, Dark Lord, Yeti to name a few.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Pours the darkest brown, almost black coclor. Small light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, sweet brandy/alcohol, and a little roasted coffee. Flavor is full of sweet milk chocolate, with a roasted malty kick to it. Slick oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Swindy (1) - Hudson, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2005 does not count
Opened the bottle and the aroma was wonderful. Tasted great. May be my new faborite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Pretty much opaque black; smallish, brown head; barely any lacing. Aroma quite chocolatey; fair amount of caramel; medium roasty; amazingly low alcohol. Big, rich flavor--chocolate, vanilla, light coffee; again, barely any alcohol for the 9%. Big, rich, frothy in the mouth; finish is barely bitter but not too hoppy. You have to let this warm up, but once you do...excellent. Really great stout.

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